USC Event Recaps From Day Three Of NCAA Track And Field Championships

June 13, 2003

2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Sacramento State's Alex Spanos Sports Complex,

Sacramento, Calif., June 11-14

Day Three USC Results-All Finals

USC Men (29th after 11 events scored)

The Trojans added two more All-Americans to their illustrious track and field history on Friday, but their long-shot title hopes appear to have faded as the first day of finals saw USC score 5.5 team points. However, Troy is set up for a big final day on Saturday and has the potential to end up with its most points at the NCAA meet since scoring 41 in 1992. USC could also garner its best finish since placing third in 1997.

USC Men's Day Three Results

Pole Vault--Senior Jeff Ryan earned USC's 66th All-American honor in the pole vault, tying for fifth with a vault of 17-4 1/2. Ryan had two narrow misses at 17-10 1/2 (his personal best) and finished tied with Yoo Kim of UCLA-a vaulter he has battled all season through the dual meet, Pac-10 and West Regional competitions. Ryan, a walk-on athlete, scored 3.5 points for the Trojans in the team race.

Long Jump--Sophomore Allen Simms came into the meet with the collegiate rank's second-furthest long jump of the season at 26-3 3/4, but he ended up seventh on Friday with a leap of 25-2 3/4. Still, Simms' All-American performance is the 41st overall in the long jump by a Trojan and the first since Ed Tave finished fourth in 1984. Simms' performance added two points to USC's team score. Leevan Sands of Auburn was the champion with a jump of 26-5, while South Carolina's Tony Allmond-brother of USC football's Marcell Allmond-was second at 26-3 3/4. (Another Trojan connection note: former USC trackster/footballer Lucais MacKay won the NCAA hammer title today).

Looking Ahead To Saturday

High Jump--Senior Dawid Jaworski goes for USC's first NCAA high jump title since Lew Hoyt won it in 1963. Jaworski--last year's NCAA high jump runner up-looked sharp in qualifying for the finals on Thursday.

Triple Jump--USC's 'Dynamic Duo' of Allen Simms and Julien Kapek-who have the top two jumps in the nation coming in-will look to give the Trojans a bounty of points in the triple jump. They both are looking to become the first Trojan to win the NCAA outdoor triple jump title Luther Hayes did so in 1961 (Simms won the indoor triple jump title in 2003).

110m HH--Senior Ryan Wilson wraps up his fabulous Trojan career as he goes for USC's first 110m HH title since Mark Crear won it in 1992. His main competition appears to be Texas A&M's Chris Pinnock.

USC Women (8th after eight events scored)

The Women of Troy added two more All-Americans to its list and took home eight points on Friday, but will spend the final day trying to avert their lowest NCAA finish since taking 14th in 1997.

USC Women Day Three Results

Javelin--For the second year in a row, it took an NCAA record to defeat USC's Inga Stasiulionyte in the javelin. Last season, Purdue's Serene Ross threw 195-6 to beat her and this season, Irina Kharun threw 202-10 to beat out Stasiulionyte, who threw 171-5 to place second for the second-straight year. It's the third consecutive All-American honor for Stasiulionyte, who has now scored 26 points at the NCAAs in her career (first in 2001, second in 2002 and 2003). Stasiulionyte's effort netted eight points for USC's team total.

100m--Senior Natasha Mayers closed out her short, yet brilliant, USC career by finishing a non-scoring ninth in the finals of the 100m with a time of 11.58. Mayers, running in lane two, was clearly affected by a sore hamstring. South Carolina's Aileen Bailey took home the sprint crown, making it the fifth year in a row that an athlete from a school with the initials U.S.C. has won the women's 100m.

Looking Ahead To Saturday

Hammer--Senior Julianna Tudja will seek USC's first women's hammer title. The Pac-10 record holder's main obstacle will be Candice Scott of Florida, the NCAA record holder.

100m HH-- Virginia Powell--USC's best-ever freshman hurdler--competes in the finals of the 100m HH.

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